Minority Homeowners Charge the City of Yonkers Among Others with Housing;
Discrimination and Construction of Defective and Substandard Homes
Yonkers, NY — Attorneys with Harwood Feffer LLP (www.hfesq.com) today announced that they have filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the residents of the Father Pat Carroll Green development against the City of Yonkers and others.
The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs, minority home owners, purchased what they were led tobelieve were new well constructed, safe and affordable homes. However, after the plaintiffsmoved into their homes, they discovered that the weed-filled and barren land that made up theirbackyards and common grounds were filled with buried waste, including garbage, automobiletires, automobile batteries, pipes, glass and construction and demolition debris. Additionally, thesiding on the buildings, the window frames and doors were installed improperly, resulting insevere water damage to the homes. The homes were also poorly insulated and the heatingsystems were inadequate and inefficient, which led to increased heating costs and poorly heatedrooms. Despite their complaints about these and other conditions, little was done to correct thenumerous defects. The plans for the homes were approved by officials for the City Yonkers.The complaint also alleges that the plaintiffs, all of whom are minority group members, weredeliberately steered to the project on account of their race, color or national origin in violation ofthe federal Fair Housing Act. The Father Pat Carroll Green development is located in apredominantly minority neighborhood in Southwest Yonkers. The plaintiffs allege that they werediscouraged from seeking and/or not informed about affordable housing in white sections ofYonkers or elsewhere in Westchester.
In 1980, the City of Yonkers was sued by the United States Department of Justice and theNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a landmark suit that alleged thatthe City had engaged in intentional segregation of its subsidized housing projects. In 1986,United States District Court Judge Leonard Sand ruled that the City had engaged in a pattern ofintentional housing discrimination. As a result, the City was subjected to federal oversight of itshousing programs for over twenty years. The complaint charges that the actions of the City andothers are a continuation of the discriminatory conduct declared illegal by Judge Sand and hasresulted in the perpetuation of residential segregation in Yonkers.
Reference the March 28, 2010 article entitled: Bait and Switch in Yonkers By Hezi Aris.
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